Senate Rejects Trump’s Emergency Declaration as 12 Republicans Break Rank
“That is why this issue is not about strengthening our border security, a goal that I support and have voted to advance … It is a solemn occasion involving whether or not this body will stand up for its institutional prerogatives and will support the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution,” she said. “We must stand up and defend Congress’s institutional powers as the framers intended that we would. Even when doing so is inconvenient or goes against the outcome that we might prefer.”
Other Republicans who voted against the president’s declaration were Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Mitt Romney and Mike Lee of Utah; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Marco Rubio of Florida; Roy Blunt of Missouri; Rand Paul of Kentucky; Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania; Rob Portman of Ohio; Jerry Moran of Kansas; and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
Do you support President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration?
Neither chamber of Congress, based on the vote totals in passing the resolution, can override the expected veto.
I’ll vote to sustain President Trumps veto of Nancy Pelosi’s resolution of disapproval regarding the emergency declaration to build a barrier on our southern border.
I believe the President is on sound legal ground. While I respect those who disagree it’s time to #BuildtheWall.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 14, 2019
“Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress….,” Trump wrote Thursday.
Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress….
“We have reached a moment of crisis, but it’s not a constitutional crisis. It’s a crisis at the border, a crisis of American sovereignty. When hundreds of thousands of foreigners arrive at the southern border and demand entry, that’s not migration. That an emergency,” said Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican who voted with Trump.
Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, said Democrats are to blame for the nation’s border security problem.
— Patricia Zengerle (@ReutersZengerle) March 14, 2019
“There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution,” Gardner said, according to The Washington Post. “It should never have come to this, but in the absence of congressional action, the president did what Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer refused to do.”
On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said passing the resolution was a major constitutional issue.
“This is not a normal vote,” the New York Democrat said. “This will be a vote about the very nature of our Constitution and the separation of powers.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, focused on the situation at the border that caused Trump to act.
“Let’s not lose sight of the particular question that’s before us later today, whether the facts tell us there’s truly a humanitarian and security crisis on our Southern border and whether the Senate, for some reason, feels this particular emergency on our own border does not rise to the other national emergencies current in effect,” he said.
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